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"Il a un ours."

Translation:He has a bear.

January 12, 2013



I'll admit, I'm rather hoping that I'll find some excuse to use this phrase.


Also the phrase: "Il a un requin."


Some people in Europe used to own bears. Travelling circuses used to tame them for shows, and wild ones were often captured and made to fight other bears, bulls, dogs, or other animals caught for the purpose. Such shows (known as bear-baiting) have since been outlawed in most countries.


Can be a toy bear, I suppose.


You can use when speaking to Russian. Bear, vodka, balaika :)


i wrote "it is a bear" and it corrected me with "it's a bear"


Yeah. I answered the same. Our answer should have been accepted if "It's a bear." is a correct.

I was also given the suggestion of "He has a bear." Which should be the only correct answer if I am thinking about this right. "C'est un ours." would be "It's/It is a bear" and "Il a un ours" would be "He/It has a bear." Someone please correct me if I am wrong.


I put "He is a bear." and it was incorrect. Duolingo said the correct answer was "He's a bear." which is basically the same thing. I'm confused!


"He's a bear" can both be "He iS a bear" and "He haS a bear", so thats why it was marked correct


So, if I'm correct 'it is a bear' is wrong, and shortening that to 'it's' is as well. However 'it has a bear' is correct, this can in informal speech also be shortened to ' it's '. I think that's why ' it's ' is accepted, but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.


Ditto. Reported same. Weird


I am not completely sure, but I thought 'il' could both be he and it, the same goes for 'ce', exept that could be he, she or it. The difference between ' c'est and il est' is further explained in the lesson 'être / avoir '. To quote the lesson here for who can't do that lesson yet but still wants to know:

"When describing people and things with être in French, you usually can't use a personal subject pronoun like elle. Instead, you must use the impersonal pronoun ce, which can also mean "this" or "that". Note that ce is invariable, so it can never be ces sont.

<pre> personal subj. pronoun impersonal subj. pronoun </pre>

singular c'est il/elle est plural ce sont ils/elles sont

These pronouns aren't interchangeable. The basic rule is that you must use ce when être is followed by any determiner—for instance, an article or a possessive adjective. Note that c'est should be used for singulars and ce sont should be used for plurals.

C'est un homme. — He's a man. / This is a man. / That is a man. Ce sont des chats. — They're cats. / These are cats. / Those are cats. C'est mon chien. — It's my dog. / This is my dog. / That's my dog.

If an adjective, adverb, or both appear after être, then use the personal pronoun.

Elle est belle. — She is beautiful. (Or "It is beautiful.") Il est très fort. — He is very strong. (Or "It is very strong.")

As you know, nouns generally need determiners, but one important exception is that professions, nationalities, and religions can act as adjectives after être. This is optional; you can also choose to treat them as nouns.

He is a doctor. — Il est médecin. / C'est un médecin.

However, c'est should be used when using an adjective to make a general comment about (but not describe) a thing or situation. In this case, use the masculine singular form of the adjective.

C'est normal ? — Is this normal? Non, c'est étrange. — No, this is strange. "


Why 's' of the word 'ours' is being pronounced? Shouldn't it be silent?


dictionary said it's not. 's' is pronounced.


I agree, most letters are silent


for the solution (he's a bear)doesn't that mean he IS a bear


No, it is a perversion of the contraction which Duolingo has unfortunately adopted as standard. For 90% of English speakers, the contraction "he's" means "he is" and "he has" may only be contracted when "has" is an auxiliary verb, e.g., he has gone and not when "has" means "to possess". However there are a few who contract all kinds of things which are not standard English.


Must be russian


Because each and every Russian has his own bear as a domestic animal or pet.


I have a hard time distinguishing between the sounds of "est" and "a". I know they should sound different, but I just can't hear it on the program. I said "Il est un ours."


Est should sound like ay and a should sound like ah... if not, try using headphones or turning your speakers up.


What's the plural of "ours"?


Masculine Singular: Ours Feminine Singular: Ourse Masculine Plural: Ours Feminine Plural: Ourses


pronuncation difference?


None, I think. There's no pronunciation difference anyway between french plurals and singulars, so this is not an exception.


From hearing the speech, I tried writing "il y a un ours". does it make sense?


I answered "It is a bear" and it corrected me to "It's a bear" but, "It's" is the contraction from it is (meaning they both mean the same thing) so why was my answer wrong, IDK ask Duolingo!


Does "he" stand for vladimir putin?


when i put in he's a bear it says i am correct, but surely the french translation would be il est un ours? not Il a un ours.


Like Beth, from the Open Season movies, with her domesticated Grizzly bear. Oh man, I sure do love Elliot.


In France, he has a bear.

In Soviet Russia, bear has YOU!!


This bear is ours! LOL


Again, speech is compressed, that is, words have no spacing between each other, and may sound like; "là un ours", which with a comma would translate to "there, a bear!".


have you ever heard a french person speak french? That is faassst


What is a masthead?(hover your mouse over ours) and why isn't it right when I typ it as an answer^^?



I'll admit that I didn't know the first two definitions on dictionary.com... but you can always look these things up :) As for why it didn't accept that... I can't think of a situation in which I would say: He has a masthead. I would be more likely to say: He has a ship. In any case, all accepted answers are put in by humans, while the word translations are suggested by electronic translators. Suggest your translation and maybe later it will be accepted.


Thank you. I will remeber to search the internet first. You are right it would be a stupid translation with masthead.


Why is 'it has a bear' incorrect?


What is this "it" that has a bear? Don't you think it is more usual for a person than an it to have a bear?


"It" could be a zoo, a book, a film, a logo, a flag, a half-time show, a circus...


It is correct and it is accepted.


How come "It is a bear" is wrong answer but "It's a bear" is correct?


Yeah! Same for the previous answer, which was also a contraction. Weird. And reported.


It is a known problem with contractions in duolingo, we are assured it is being worked on!


Hmm. First time I'd ever had a contraction refused. I wonder whether it simply wasn't among the (human selected) correct answers. Machine language is probably not yet up to the automatic parsing of it's v. its.


The sentence is meant to be be "He/It has a bear" - Duolingo is incorrectly allowing the contraction "It's a bear" hence the confusion.


How do you pronounce "ours?"


Think "horse" and drop the "h". You'll be pretty close.


I answered with "it is a bear" It was checked as incorrect and the two correct options offered were "It's a bear" and "he has a bear" " It's a bear" means the same thing as" It is a bear", so why is my answer wrong?


Those are false. The owl is hallucinating. Please read the explanation for this above.


this is not fair I wrote, "He is a bear." but it said i was wrong and the correct answer is, "He's a bear." I am enraged


the given answer "He's a bear." actually stands for "He has a bear". "He has a bear" and any contraction are correct, "He is a bear" is not.


that sounds dangerous


The correct answer says this sentence begins with the contraction "He's"

So why is the non-contracted form "He is" marked wrong?


They have it down as: He is a bear, not he has a bear!


Okay, I freely admit I got the translation wrong. I wrote He is a bear. BUT duolingo corrected it with He's a bear — also wrong, the SAME thing, and just plain cheeky.


i put he is instead on he's and got it wrong but they are the same thing soooooo...


I typed "he has a bear" and they tell me it's incorrect !

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    Doesn't work


    does it matter if you put a he's like that or like he is. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE


    I'd like to REPORT a wrong translation in a flash card: "He's a bear." Unfortunately, REPORT option has no option to complain about this.


    He has a bear... Damn! I wish I had one. :)


    Yes, it should be 'he has a bear' so how did duelingo translate it as "It's a bear"?


    Must be an error in the question or you may have messed it up.


    "He's a bear" should not be a correct answer. It means "He is a bear" which isn't correct no matter how one translates.


    God wuts wrong with "anon, avons" , why do do hate it so much?! I littrally though it will be : he is a bear.


    Why was " It is a bear" not accepted yet "it's a bear is"?


    I wrote 'it is a bear' it marked it as wrong and said the correct answer should be "it's a bear". I was always taught never to write contractions (in English) even though we say them. So what is wrong with" it is a bear"?


    So this must be in Russia!


    Sounds like il y a to me, at full speed - either that or it's a very slender L, more like the initial liquid L in British "little", pronounced with the tip of the tongue on the hard palate, and less like the harder "broad" L in American "little", pronounced with the tongue on the top teeth and dental ridge.


    Every time i get tripped up thinking it says "il y a un ours"

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